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The Daughter of Victory Lights

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  40 reviews
An enthralling story of one woman's determined grab for freedom after WW2 from a talented new Australian voice. 'PART CABARET, PART BURLESQUE, AND LIKE NOTHING YOU'VE EVER SEEN BEFORE! GENTLEMEN, AND LADIES IF YOU'VE DARED TO COME, WELCOME TO ...'

There was a pause, and Evelyn sensed those around her leaning forward in anticipation.


1945: After the thrill and
Paperback, 362 pages
Published January 20th 2020 by HQ Fiction
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Kylie D
After spending the war years as a searchlight operator in an all-female crew, Evelyn Bell finds the post war years dull. Her sisters want her to find a husband and be a perfect wife, but to Evelyn being cooped up in an unfulfilling life is just not for her, and she longs for escape. Enter the Victory, a boat that offers risque shows to any who want to come and watch. Evelyn soon becomes part of the rag tag crew, and adventure awaits.

Years later an unwanted and unloved young girl is taken from
Evelyn Bell was part of the all-female searchlight regiment – the Auxiliary Territorial Service - where they spotted the enemy bombers, allowing the British planes to take them out; keeping their fellow Londoners as safe as they could. Evelyn was passionate about her job; fascinated in the different and varying brightnesses of the searchlights she controlled and after four years, in 1945, was exhilarated along with the rest of London at the ending of war, but also slightly sad to be going back ...more
Mandy White
So Kerri Turner you have a new fan! The Daughter of Victory Lights is a beautiful historical fiction story and I loved it When I started reading this I was immediately transported back in time to WW2 London. I really did feel like I was there with the wonderful descriptions of the time.

I loved the main character Evelyn Bell. She is a very smart woman before her time and never satisfied with what is considered the appropriate thing to do. She speaks her mind and goes looking for a challenge.
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

**4.5 stars**

The Daughter of Victory Lights by Kerri Turner. (2020).

**Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free advance reading copy of this novel; due to be published 20 January 2020**

It's 1945 and Evelyn Bell is secretly dismayed to return to her rigid domestic life after the thrill and danger of volunteering in an all-female searchlight regiment. Then she comes across a secret night-time risqué show that takes place on
Gloria Arthur
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-bookshelf
The Daughter of Victory Lights by Kerri Turner

A intriguing historical mystery story.

Part 1
Daughter of Victory Lights takes you to London during World War II where Evelyn Bell is volunteering as part of the 93rd Searchlight Regiment sisters and their lights. These women are using the searchlights to protect Londoners from the German bombers in the sky at night. It’s dangerous yet thrilling work for Evelyn who is passionate about it despite protests from her sister Cynthia.

After the war Evelyn is
Look at the gorgeous cover and I've always been a sucker for a WWII story plus it is written by an Australian woman writer... Sold! And it was sooo worth it!

"That's the one thing about humanity you can always rely on: we'll forever judge the secrets and faults of others while desperately trying to make sure our own stay hidden."

The Daughter of Victory Lights opens with the one tragic incident that leaves a lifetime worth of scars on many. Then, we are taken back in time... to the past decade
Veronica ⭐️
Told in two parts, Turner weaves a tragic and heartfelt story. She first brings the reader right into the midst of the war when Evelyn Bell, wishing to do her part for the war effort, signs up to an all-female search light regiment, a job that needs precision and nerves of steel as the lights search out enemy planes. The story moves on to post war dramas of PTSD, disconnection and unemployment. After the war Evelyn feels she could never settle for a life
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
The Daughter of Victory Lights is a captivating historical fiction novel from Kerri Turner.

When World War II ends, Evelyn Bell is reluctant to return to civilian life having served in the country’s only all- female searchlight regiment protecting London from German bombers. A chance encounter at a fair introduces her to Victory, a unique floating cabaret show, and she accepts the owner’s invitation to join them to work with the performance lights, despite the vehement protests of her family.
Escape into a Booksite
*3.5 - 4 Stars*

ARC kindly received from Harlequin Australia in exchange for an honest review.

This was an interesting historical fiction, set in the time of WWII, and back when women were still only just learning to stand up for what they wanted to say and do with their lives, rather than what society told them they should.

The heroine Evie, is a complex character in away, but I suppose she is also quite simple. She's just trying to find her place in the world after the war. A war which helped
Lauren Chater
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it.
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a compelling and poignant read that had me turning the pages, it starts off with part one during World War 2 England and then part two England 1963, such a moving story about people and what they do during and after the war, how their lives change and looks into their feelings, I thoroughly enjoyed this one, it is emotional so some tissues will be needed.

Evelyn Bell is living with her married sister during the war and volunteers to do her bit against her sisters wishes she ends up
Kerri Turner
I hope you all love reading about these characters and their story as much as I loved writing it.
Leanne Lovegrove
During the war, Evelyn Bell signed up to be part of an all-female search light regiment to protect London from German bombers. Post war she’s expected to return to her usual, and expected domestic life, but she cannot bear the thought. Serendipity saves her and she’s invited to use the skills she learned during the war and embark upon The Victory, a show on water with it’s interesting and risqué performers and crew. She gains her freedom and lives an unconventional life but a good one and she’s ...more
Ike Levick
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
October 2019, book 29:
What I thought would be quite a light and romantic story turned out to be a bit of an emotional rollercoaster - in a good way. I truly cared for the characters, even worried about one overnight, thanks to Kerri’s excellent characterisation. Without giving away spoilers, I loved Bee the most. Slightly broken, she’s a vivacious rough diamond who is fiercely loyal to those she loves. I loved how she follows her heart, even when it gets her into trouble. This story is very
The Daughter of Victory Lights is a wonderfully feminist exploration of life after the Second World War, and the path independent women blazed. With a plot that cracks along, combined with excellent character development and emotional richness, this is the perfect novel to pull you out of a reading slump. It also includes Turner's trademark link to the theatrical, which will always be a winner for me. Readers should note triggers, including reasonably graphic descriptions of bodies on ...more
Chapter Ichi
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you @harlequinaus and Kerri Turner for sending me a proof copy of The Daughter of Victory Lights in exchange for my honest review.

The Daughter of Victory Lights is a unique view of post war experience from very different perspectives. Flynn, who has witnessed the horrors of war, having to retrieve and identify bodies, must live his life with these horrific images. Evelyn feels disconnected from her life in London upon her return from volunteering in the women's searchlight regiment.

This was slightly slow to pull me in, but once it did I was hooked. I really enjoyed both timelines, but Lucy’s timeline pulled at my heartstrings. I thought Evie was exceptionally brave to go with her heart and do what made her happy despite her families complete lack of support or understanding. Her older sister was a truly horrible person to Evie. Learning about the Graves regiment, which I’ve only heard of once or twice, was eye opening and heartbreaking, what a traumatic job to have. I ...more
Anna Loder
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved it. Not at all the story I was expecting. It was so much more!! Not just about women’s rights, PTSD, world war 2, adventure, family, dreams and was fantastic. The characters were all so believable and so well done. I thought I was a Kerri Turner fan with the Last Days; now I know it!!!
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Daughter of Victory Lights was a book I found myself getting completely lost in. From the first page I just wanted to keep reading. This story was so full of heart, the characters so lively and colourful. An unexpected turn left me shocked and almost disappointed, but the story evolved so graciously I found it anything but disappointing. I felt this was a story about freedom, and belonging in a world where it wasn't acceptable to stand out. It was a real celebration of life and passion and ...more
Rebecca Bowyer
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just when you think everything has already been written about World War 2, someone comes along and finds something new! I really enjoyed learning about the all-female searchlight regiments that protected Londoners from German bombers.

I loved the character of Evelyn and absolutely empathised with her determination not to be trapped in drab domesticity for the rest of her life.
Shreedevi Gurumurty
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a sensational and heartbreaking novel about war, love, loss, trauma and forgiveness, and the lengths people go to leave their old lives behind, to pursue new ones, for better or for worse... In World War Two, Londoner Evelyn "Evie" Bell wants to do something exciting with her life and help the British war effort, and with much effort, gets accepted into the 93rd Searchlight Regiment, which was a real-life all-female British air defence unit during World War II, formed in October 1942 ...more
Sam Still Reading
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of historical fiction
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: sounded interesting
The Daughter of Victory Lights is a novel that takes the reader on a journey through less well-known parts of history, tied up in a story of love, loss, restriction and ultimately, freedom. It shines a light on the roles of women during World War II and the aftermath felt by those who returned, restless for a life that served purpose but continued to haunt them.

Evelyn Bell is one of those characters. Determined to do her bit during World War II, she becomes part of a searchlight team made up
Jodi Corbett
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing author our very own Kerri Turner is. She has a great ability to make you fall in love with all the characters in the story right from their introduction. Her storylines are deep and well developed, they flow and weave incredibly well drawing you right into the heart of the story. The story makes you feel like you know all the characters so well, their quirks, loves, hates so well written that you just bond with them and want to know more and more about them and their adventures.

Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘After a life of doing what was expected of her, leaving to help a group of strangers better their law-breaking performance just so she could do the kind of work she craved again … It was madness. It was also freedom.’

The Daughter of Victory Lights is the second book by Aussie author Kerri Turner that I have read and enjoyed. Once again, Kerri has done her research and details a beautiful merge of fact and fiction from post World War II. There is much to love about this tale from the roles of
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘All of us here have secrets many would shudder to learn. That’s the one thing about humanity you can always rely on: we’ll forever judge the secrets and faults of others while desperately trying to make sure ours stay hidden. The Victory is different.’

Self-assured, determined and pragmatic, Evelyn Bell seeks something more out of life. Snapped up by the Auxiliary Territorial Service during the war effort, her job as a searchlight operator in a all girl crew gives her a welcome taste of
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Complex and thoroughly researched, The Daughter of Victory Lights is like no other book I’ve ever read. This is largely because of the work performed during World War Two by the two key protagonists, Evie and Flynn, though the story of the Victory, fictitious though it is, is also fascinating. I loved the idea of performing a burlesque show on a boat and I loved the story that took place below decks.
Before reading this book I knew nothing about the Auxiliary Territorial Service nor that there
Camila - Books Through My Veins
- thanks to @harlequinaus for sending the book my way

1945: After the thrill and danger of volunteering in an all-female searchlight regiment protecting Londoners from German bombers overhead, Evelyn Bell is secretly dismayed to be sent back to her rigid domestic life when the war is over. But then she comes across a secret night-time show, hidden from the law on a boat in the middle of the Thames. Entranced by the risque and lively performance, she grabs the opportunity to join the misfit crew
Monica Mac
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book last night and I needed the night to kind of process what I had read.

It is the story of Evelyn and how she defied her older sister Cynthia to take up work during WWII, work that her sister thought of as "unseemly". Her sister was a mean-spirited woman who thought more about what the neighbours were saying rather than her sisters happiness. When the war ended, Evelyn was stuck living with her sister, being treated badly by her and wondering what her life was going to be like.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
The Daughter of Victory Lights opens with the wartime experiences of Evelyn and Flynn. Both have unique and specialist war-time roles –however while one is empowered, the other is haunted. After the war, Evelyn has trouble settling down and fitting back in with her sisters’ expectations of a woman’s role. A chance meeting brings her to the Victory Lights where she joins an eccentric bunch of performers and meets Flynn. This is historical fiction at its best, immaculate research and engaging ...more
Angela Robyn
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It says a lot about a book, and the quality of the authors writing, when you find yourself having to put it down and walk away for a week or so because you don't want to finish it. Kerri Turner's 'The Daughter of Victory Lights' was that book for me. A compelling storyline told in two parts, it explores perspectives of the WWII period that I had never fully considered. Addressing the complex issues facing both women and men in post-war Britain, Turner presents historical facts in a personal, ...more
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Author of The Last Days of the Romanov Dancers (2019) and The Daughter of Victory Lights (2020).

In 2017 I signed with literary agent Haylee Nash of The Nash Agency. In prior years, my short stories have been published by Reflex Fiction, Boolarong Press, Catchfire Press, Stringybark, Underground Writers, and as part of the Dangerous Women Project.

My author influences include (but are not limited
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